I was once an achievement whore which is why the announcement that RetroAchievements.org will be bringing modern achievement systems to classic consoles is a rather enticing bit of news.
How is this possible? RetroAchievements have produced a modified version of the Gens Mega Drive/Genesis emulator which supports achievements for a select list of games. It’ll connect to a profile you create on their website, which will track your achievements and high scores with other users.
Of course, achievement support is limited to a select list of games while the system and emulator undergo further testing. The list of currently supported games includes The Addams Family, Aero The Acrobat 2, Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle, Alien 3, Aladdin, Altered Beast, Batman Returns, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, Chakan: The Forever Man, Cool Spot, Desert Strike: Return To The Gulf, Earthworm Jim, Ecco The Dolphin, Fantastic Dizzy, Ghostbusters, Golden Axe, Gunstar Heroes, James Pond II: Codename Robocod, Castle Of Illusion, Mighty Mighty Missile, NHLPA Hockey ’93, New Zealand Story, Sonic Spinball, Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Streets Of Rage 2, Super Hang-On, ToeJam & Earl, Vectorman and Zero Tolerance. More games are being added daily.
Their next planned project is a plugin for Project 64, the popular Nintendo 64 emulator, which will add similar functionality.